Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a progressive disease that affects the lungs. It is a type of interstitial lung disease, which is a group of 200 diseases with similar symptoms but different causes. There are currently more than 80,000 adults in the United States living with IPF, and more than 30,000 new cases are diagnosed each year.
In IPF, the lung tissue becomes scarred and can no longer function normally. As the long tissue becomes more heavily scarred, it becomes increasingly difficult to breathe and deliver oxygen to the rest of the body. Unfortunately, IPF is a disabling disease with no known cure, but there are a few treatment options. Check out this infographic to learn more about idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: